Education Courses Summer 2006

Exp. Ed. & Integrated Learning & Science
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Exp. Ed. & Integrated Learning & Science


EDP 590
Children with Special Needs: Focus on Childhood

Competency Area: Education & Social Policy
Required of and priority to Integrated Learning, Science Education & Waldorf teacher certification students.

This course will examine the perceptions and attitudes of the individual, family, teacher and community toward children with special needs and provide a mechanism by which the evolving teacher can better meet the human needs of the child who is labeled exceptional. We will discuss laws and public policy as they are filtered through community, educational and family systems. The inclusionary classroom will provide the foundation for examination of the ways in which specific curricular and other adaptations can enhance the lives and the learning of children with disabilities.

Section A: Laureen Harlow
Section B: Anne Kebler
Time: Monday – Friday, June 19 – 23,
4:45 – 8:00 pm, and
Monday – Friday, June 26 – 30,
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Maximum: 18 per section
Credits: 2


EDP 600
Contemporary Social & Political Issues in Education

Competency Area: Education and Social Policy
Required of and Restricted to Experienced Educators School Choice Cluster 2006.

The socio-cultural contexts of K-12 teaching and learning are ever shifting. Society’s expectations for schools and for the roles that teachers are expected to assume may be understood, in large part, in relation to the social, cultural, political, and historical contexts from which they arise and the ideals and expectations that Americans have always had about our schools. We will explore ways in which these multiple and overlapping contexts influence teachers’ work in educational settings – in good ways and in ways that confine a teacher’s vision. We will examine the current relationship between society and public education, with a particular focus on standards and accountability, on issues of school choice, and on forces within and outside the school that direct and constrain the processes of education. Educators should emerge from this course better able to sustain their values and ideals, and to create space for passionate teaching and authentic learning, in the face of these challenges to public education.

Section C: School Choice Cluster 2006: Rob Fried
Time: Monday – Friday, June 26 – 30,
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Maximum: 18
Credits: 2


EDC 620
Content Mentoring

Competency Area: Curriculum & Instruction
Required of and Restricted to Experienced Educators School Choice Cluster 2006.

This course offers students in the Experienced Educator School Choice cluster a chance to deepen content knowledge specifically related to your classroom or school change project. Work is to be completed independently over the course of the summer. Students must submit a proposal for Content Mentoring to their advisor for approval prior to registering for this class. If you are not planning to complete your Content Mentoring requirement in the Summer of 2006, you will need to speak to your advisor about requesting an extension for this course. Please consult your Program Handbook for more details.

Section C: School Choice Cluster 2006: Staff
Time: TBA
Maximum: 15
Credits: 2


EDT 550A
Critical Skills Institute – Level 1

Competency Area: Theoretical & Philosophical Foundations of Education

Critical Skills Institutes are truly an experience. In our Level 1 Institutes, educators are immersed in a Critical Skills Classroom. Participants explore problem-based, experiential, collaborative, and standards-driven learning. They examine how these components can be successfully utilized to target Critical Skills development within curriculum frameworks focusing on the role of the teacher in the areas of designing curriculum, guiding students, and assessing performance. They develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to build and maintain a dynamic and responsive classroom community.

Section A: Peter Eppig
Time: Monday – Friday, July 10 – 14,
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Maximum: 18
Credits: 2


EDT 552
Critical Skills Institute – Level 2

COURSE CANCELLED 05/05/06
Competency Area: Theoretical & Philosophical Foundations of Education

The Level II Critical Skills Institute (CSI) builds upon the foundations of the Level 1 institute and the experiences of the Critical Skills teacher. Over five days participants will deepen their understanding of, and practical experience with, the design and assessment of problem-based challenges as structured by the Experiential Learning Cycle. These challenges will target and track student growth toward specific learning outcomes through at least two linked experiences. Focus is on the planning and implementation of more academically rigorous challenges and on increasingly comprehensive tools for assessing student work.

Section A: Maura Hart
Time: Monday – Friday, July 10 – 14,
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Keene
Maximum: 18
Credits: 2


EDC 520A
Curriculum Theory and Application

Competency Area: Curriculum & Instruction
Required of and restricted to continuing Experienced Educator students.

This course will include an overview of classroom curriculum theory and practice. Given all we know about the world inside and outside the school, we will, both individually and as a group: 1) articulate what is quality curriculum, 2) determine how to design quality curriculum to achieve desired learning results, and 3) produce exemplars of curricula that make these ideas concrete and practical. During class sessions we will engage in large group discussion, small group work, individual reflection, and curriculum project design.

Section A: Pembroke NH Cluster 2005 and Springfield VT Cluster 2005: Tom Julius
Time: Monday – Friday, June 26 – 30,
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Maximum: 30
Credits: 2


EDC 667
Digital Imaging for the Classroom

Competency Area: Curriculum & Instruction

How can you put your digital camera to its best use in the classroom? What can you do to go beyond point, click, and print? Digital technology offers new and wonderful opportunities for creativity, expressions of learning, self-evaluation, reflection, and documentation of classroom work, but for most of us just taking a picture can be a challenge. Using a hands-on approach, we will learn to use digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, and image editing software to explore the fundamentals of digital imaging and digital image manipulation. The emphasis of this class will be both learning about digital equipment and integrating digital media into the curriculum in ways that merge the creative and technical processes. Digital formats for the final project may include digital scrapbooks or journals, students’ websites, electronic portfolios, student autobiographies, and printed collages. Basic computer knowledge is a prerequisite, but no prior experience with digital technology is necessary.

Section A: Aviva Cohen
Time: Wednesday – Saturday, July 5 – 8,
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Maximum: 18
(1 seat reserved for ES student)
Credits: 1


EDC 638
Drama in the Classroom

Competency Area: Curriculum & Instruction

Curriculum comes alive when students have the opportunity to experience it in their bodies. In this course we will explore the use of drama to enrich social studies, science and language arts curriculum. Participants will learn an array of drama games and exercises and will experience using the traditional mummer’s play format as a way into writing and performing short plays. Absolutely no drama experience is necessary.

Section A: Jane Miller
Time: Monday – Friday, June 12 – 16,
1:00 – 4:15 pm
Maximum: 18
(1 seat reserved for ES student)
Credits: 1


EDC 624
First Six Weeks of School: Building the Foundation for a Successful Year

Competency Area: Curriculum & Instruction

Using the book, The First Six Weeks of School (Denton and Kriete) as a starting point, participants will have opportunities to plan for the all-important opening weeks of schools in their own classrooms. Topics to be considered will include establishing routines, rules and consequences, creating a sense of belonging and significance for all students, and introducing academic curriculum while simultaneously building the social skills necessary for successful learning in an active and interactive environment. Approaches to classroom management in this course are based upon the work of Rudolph Driekurs and Jane Nelson and approaches such as Democratic Classrooms and The Responsive Classroom.

Section A: Ellen Nam
Time: Wednesday – Saturday, July 5 – 8,
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Added 05/10/06: Section B: Ellen Nam
Time: Tuesday – Friday, June 27 – 30, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Maximum: 18
(1 seat reserved for ES student)
Credits: 1


EDC 550A
Integrated Arts II: Circus Dreams

Competency Area: Curriculum & Instruction

Ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Probably and most kids would love to do that, too. Here’s your chance. In this course, we’ll explore the theme of